The two classes for the Elijah Project are discussion-based seminars. Students read a broad range of works in literature, theology, sociology, philosophy and history and come to class prepared to think together about the big questions the readings address.
Spring Term: NON310 Foundations of Work and Vocation
What is the meaning of work? Is it a blessing or a curse? What does it mean to be a responsible person? Why does it matter what we do with our lives? Drawing upon biblical, theological, philosophical and literary sources, this seminar explores the nature of calling, life, and work. Students will explore frameworks for forming moral judgments and understanding responsible behavior.
Fall Term: NON312 Vocation: Discernment, Decision-Making and the Call of God
Who are you as an individual? What particular gifts, strengths and interests make you who you are? What possibilities, problems, challenges and opportunities face the world today? How can we discover where our abilities and concerns meet the world's needs and possibilities? How do we discern the will of God? This seminar explores practical questions of self-discovery and decision-making.
"The spring and fall Vocation classes provide a unique forum to discuss topics generally dismissed as tangential in other classes: What is “work” all about? What work does God care about? How do I, a person whose combination of interests, capacities, and experiences is unlike that of any one else, live with integrity?"
"The Elijah Project has been a great learning/growing experience for me as I have cultivated a worldview that is developing my understanding of what it means to live authentically and responsibly in such a complex world."
"The first semester of the Elijah Project helped me understand the structure of our world, and I enjoyed the freedom to work with ideas that were new to me. Every class session was a highlight of the week. The conversations extended outside of class too—around campus, in our trip to NYC, and in our journaling during the summer."
"The Elijah Project has been a tremendous blessing in my life. The seminar courses have been fascinating, challenging, and eye-opening through the readings and class dialogue. I love the intentional purpose of exploring our call to be human, to follow Christ, and to be ourselves."